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Garonga Safari Co.

Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1390 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Travellers' Choice
A luxury safari experience at Garonga Safari Co. replenishes mind, body and soul. Garonga Safari Camp, Little Garonga and MCH Private Tented Camp are safari camps in South Africa, hidden away in the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve (22 000 hectares). This is prime Big 5 wildlife territory located west of the Kruger National Park. Special indulgences celebrate our 'safari for the soul' ethos and make this an unforgettable retreat. This is truly a "Safari for the Soul". Fall in step with nature and encounter the wildlife that roam South Africa's wilderness. Game drives and walking safaris with our expert guides get you up-close to the Big 5, endangered species like cheetah and wild dog, and diverse birdlife. Sleep deeply in one of our luxury safari camps, each one offering a relaxing retreat for couples or small groups. For a wild and wonderful experience, spend one night beneath a canvas of stars on our safari Sleep Out Deck. Unwind completely at the Massage 'Sala', Sleep Out Deck and safari Bush Bath as part of the Big 5 safari and spa experience. The Yoga Deck is perfect for mindful practice in nature. Delight in safari dining that pairs perfectly with nature's beauty. Excellent South African wines and several cuisine choices can be enjoyed in an intimate private setting or the festive Bush Boma At Garonga Safari Camp, luxury tented safari romance meets the wild beauty of the South African bush setting. It's an exclusive tented camp, with just six luxury en-suite units that combine a canvas canopy, rustic-textured walls and raised wooden deck overlooking a dry riverbed. Little Garonga has three fully en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralised indoor/outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in braai/BBQ area. Each suite has its own platform deck, complete with hammock. The lodge also has its own host, chef, waiter and housekeeper so is totally self-contained and run separately from the Safari Camp. MCH is the newest addition to the Garonga Safari Co. family. As a canvas tented camp, it embodies authentic safari style, yet has the added luxuries that make it a signature ‘safari for the soul’ experience. MCH offers family or friend groups a private and intimate bush getaway, perfect for extended stays. If not booked out for a group, individual couples are welcome to make it home for their luxury safari stay. Perched on a kopje (little hill), you can revel in panoramic views of the wild Makalali Reserve and Drakensberg Mountains beyond. The four tents boast air-conditioning and wifi. They are fully en-suite with sumptuous bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. Each features a well-stocked bar and indoor lounge that flows outside onto a private deck.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Adults only
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Xhosa and 1 more


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Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1390 South Africa
Getting there
Polokwane Airport133 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport43 kmSee all flights
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michellelage4 wrote a review Aug 2021
Alberton, South Africa1 contribution
Garonga is one of the most beautiful safari camps we have ever come across. From the exceptional service, luxury accommodation and brilliant game drives and sightings. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone wanting to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life to relax, be pampered and enjoy the beauty the bush has to offer.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Paige wrote a review Jun 2021
New York City, New York2 contributions
Where to begin! Our experience at Garonga was incredible. The team made sure to follow all COVID protocols but did so in a way where our experience still felt very "normal". Garonga's facilities are very pleasant (the new MCH camp looks incredible!!), but their staff is what really makes the stay special. We were fortunate to have Josiah as our guide, and Glandstone as our tracker. These two were some of the most fun and genuine people we have ever come across when traveling. They were incredibly knowledgeable and always seemed to place us in the best location possible to see so many animals. The entire staff is welcoming, attentive, and pleasant to be around. We would recommend taking advantage of their current deals (it's very easy to travel to SA in spite of COVID protocols/what you may read). We can't wait to go back to Gargona.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from BERNIE SMITH, Owner at Garonga Safari Co.
Responded 07 Jul 2021
Thanks so much for your very kind feedback. The whole team will be delighted with this. Josia and Glandstone are indeed a great "Couple", very knowledgeable but also very entertaining. MCH Private Tented Camp is indeed a Gem and perfect for the Family to come and take over exclusively. As you say, COVID is still around, but being in the fresh air all the time and carrying out basic protocols will hardly remove the enjoyment of a Holiday in the African Sun. I hope we can indeed see you back. Best Wishes, Bernie
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HertsJosh wrote a review May 2021
Much Hadham, United Kingdom122 contributions20 helpful votes
Despite the pandemic, business was ' as usual' during our short stay at Garonga. Fantastically appointed rooms, smiling staff and incredible food make this owner run lodge definitely worth visiting. Highly recommended
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from BERNIE SMITH, Owner at Garonga Safari Co.
Responded 23 May 2021
Much appreciate you taking time to send feedback. Great to see you enjoyed your stay. Best Regards Bernie
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Mike wrote a review Jan 2021
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions
Absolute dream location for a private safari. Garonga is a small, luxurious camp that provides an intimate and personal safari experience. Guests can expect impeccable levels of service and delicious food. We were there for our honeymoon in 2011, will be back one day with kids.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Russell J wrote a review Jul 2020
San Francisco, California35 contributions17 helpful votes
My travel agent highly recommended booked the Garonga for me. My room was clean comfortable and modern glamping. The food was good and the other guests were very interesting and friendly. The pool was a comfortable place during the heat of the day. The highlight however was the game viewing. Sophie Barrett was very knowledgeable, interesting/entertaining and capable of locating the most interesting animals.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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US$658 - US$1 159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garonga Safari Co.
What are some of the property amenities at Garonga Safari Co.?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Top room amenities include a minibar, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Garonga Safari Co.?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Garonga Safari Co.?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Garonga Safari Co. have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Garonga Safari Co. offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Garonga Safari Co.?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.